Moving to GW2014 from GW2012-sp2

Hi there!

We have a system based on GW2012 sp2 and we would like to move to gw2014-sp1. But, after that, I guess that
I should move from oes2 to oes11. Now, we have two domains, primary domain is based on novell cluster,
secondary domain, not. Both domains are based on oes2 on sles 10.

I would like to know if would be a good plan first move my servers to sles11-sp3
  • Hi,

    As far as I am aware GroupWise 2014 is not supported on OES2 so moving to OES11SP2 is definitely on the cards. I personally would first do the server migration and then do the upgrade.

    Also bear in mind that GroupWise 2014 is 64bit only architecture and chances are that your OES2 servers may still be running 32bit.

    If your GroupWise system is clustered your agents should be binding to secondary IP address exclusively, so the change to the primary IP address of the server they are running on should have no affect at all.

    I'm sure that more folk will have further information for you, but please do let us know how it goes, or ask further questions as necessary.

    Cheers,
  • Hello Laura, how are you ? thank you so much for your advices.

    Yeah! I was aware that gw2012 only works in sles 11 sp2 64 bits, so my new machines are sles 11 sp3 x64 with oes 11 sp2.

    My GW system is ALL (main databases, not agents) in a NSS filesystem. So, If I am right, could be as easy as move the NSS volume to the new servers
    after install the GW agents and launch Groupwise?

    My main fear is if Groupwise system depends on libraries based on sles, or something like that. Also, all the agents are linked to the cluster IP address
    (for that reason I will reuse the cluster IP address in the new system)

    Thank you, have a nice day!
  • Hi,

    I'm doing very well, thank you for asking :)

    Quick question - how do you propose the moving of your NSS volumes?

    Also, don't forget the GroupWise files like the gwha.conf sitting in /etc/opt/novell/groupwise/ - I typically just copy those from server to server, but am not sure if that is the most correct thing to do.

    Another thing, don't forget your log files if you want to maintain the history of your GroupWise system.

    Oh, one last thing.... WebAccess - typically I just do a re-install of this on new servers as I don't have any indepth or complicated configurations.

    You have a great day too!

    Cheers,
  • Hi! My NSS volume, where GW resides is stored in a SAN storage, so I only have to reassign the LUN to the new servers
    and mount the volume.

    Yeah! Also, I have a list of files that should be moved outside the /media/nss/[gw-dir] like etc and var (logs files).

    So, as you said, could be this a good method to migrate from oes2 to oes11 ?

    Cheers!
  • Hi,

    About 18 months ago I had to move a GroupWise system off of a 3 node physical cluster into a VMWare environment. Although I had to use DBCopy to move my data to new NSS volumes, on the virtual server I simply installed the GroupWise RPMs, reinstalled webaccess and copied the remainder of the files eg. gwha.conf manually. The system started up fine and has been running without interruption since the day I did the move.

    Hope that helps?

    Cheers,

  • Be aware that due to the introduction of the GroupWise Admin Service, there are some significant changes in how to run GW in an OES cluster environment. Please review the clustering doc here before you migrate your data to the new OES11 cluster..



    https://www.novell.com/documentation/groupwise2014/gw2014_guide_interop/data/interop_clustering.html



    --Morris



    >>> antoniogutierrez<antoniogutierrez@no-mx.forums.novell.com> 9/11/2014 3:46 AM >>>




    Hi there!

    We have a system based on GW2012 sp2 and we would like to move to
    gw2014-sp1. But, after that, I guess that
    I should move from oes2 to oes11. Now, we have two domains, primary
    domain is based on novell cluster,
    secondary domain, not. Both domains are based on oes2 on sles 10.

    I would like to know if would be a good plan first move my servers to
    sles11-sp3
  • laurabuckley;2332924 wrote:
    Hi,

    About 18 months ago I had to move a GroupWise system off of a 3 node physical cluster into a VMWare environment. Although I had to use DBCopy to move my data to new NSS volumes, on the virtual server I simply installed the GroupWise RPMs, reinstalled webaccess and copied the remainder of the files eg. gwha.conf manually. The system started up fine and has been running without interruption since the day I did the move.

    Hope that helps?

    Cheers,


    Laura, I have remember one more thing. My secondary domain is under other eDirectory tree (this is for historical reasons, because when was installed
    instead of use same Tree for all the GW system, the groupwise admin installed a secondary tree...), so in my plans I would like to reinstall all the machines.
    In the secondary domain I only have the GWIA and webaccess. I guess that the best way to reinstall (and the easiest) is remove secondary domain
    from the Groupwise system and create a new one under my eDirectory tree, isnt it ? I mean, delete all the domain and create a new one
    but with the same Tree for primary
  • Hi Antonio

    Indeed, deleting and recreating may be the easiest way forward. Just remember if you have any access control lists in GWIA? You could always just copy the database file.

    Cheers,